This Weekend in London

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Canada Day is over and we are just getting summer vacation started. This weekend we are supposed to finally get some actual summer weather, so get outside and enjoy it! If you’re not able to entertain yourself, here are some other options to keep you entertained:

MEC LONDON CENTURY RIDE

This Sunday, July 5 is London’s second annual MEC Century Ride! The event begins and ends at Tobaggan Brewery on Richmond. Cyclists can choose either the 60K or 100K route along the quiet rural roads surrounding London. Register online by July 5 or on the day of the race beginning at 7:45am.

LONDON MAJORS

Saturday night at 7:30pm the London Majors are taking on Hamilton at the historic Labatt Park.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

There are two fun events at Storybook Gardens this weekend! Tomorrow, Friday, July 3rd, kids can come visit Pirate Captain Corbin with two magic shows in the afternoon. On Saturday, July 4th, Paddington Bear is visiting Storybook! Come out to meet him as you play in the park.

MOVIE TIME!

This weekend, there is a triple feature for older kids at the Mustang Drive-In beginning with either Jurassic World or Terminator Genisys. If you’re not into staying up late, check out Spymate, a movie about a chimpanzee for the Family Favourite movie at Silver City.

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Day in London

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Tomorrow is the day when we all gush red and white and proudly wave our maple leafs. Canada Day brings out the best in our country and our communities. If your family is looking for some way to celebrate your true north, strong and free, here is what is happening in London:

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The Children’s Museum will have lots of great Canada Day activities like Canadian yoga, creating a Canadarm, and learning about basketball, our constellations, and Alexander Graham Bell.

PALASAD

Palasad North and South are celebrating Canada Day with 1/2 price classic pizza, 1/2 price jumbo wings, and loonie bowling games.

FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE

Fanshawe is celebrating Dominion Day the way it was back on the first Dominion Day in 1867. Join them from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Come dressed in red and white for $1.50 off your admission!

FIREWORKS

BYRON SPORTS COMPLEX

The Byron Optimists are hosting their annual Canada celebration and fireworks. Gates open at 6:00pm, donations accepted.There will be music, face painting, speeches and fireworks, of course!

HARRIS PARK

Downtown comes alive with Harris Parks fireworks over the Thames River. This annual event is a classic.

SOUTH LONDON COMMUNITY CENTRE

Events begin at 2:00pm and end with fireworks. There will be entertainment, food, and lots of fun!

EAST LONDON OPTIMISTS

The Optimist Club of East London will be putting on a show at Argyle Arena. The party begins at 11:00am and continues into the night with a fireworks show.

GRAND BEND

What could be more beautiful than fireworks on the beach? Live bands and family-friendly entertainment will have you rocking on this Canada Day.

ST. THOMAS

Both St. Thomas and Port Stanley will be having Canada Day activities during the day, then head over to Pinafore Park for fireworks in the evening.

Yoga Shack Gives Back

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For the fifth year in a row, the Yoga Shack is looking to break records with London’s biggest yoga class: Yoga Shack Gives Back! This event has had great success over the years and is a lot of fun for both beginner yogi’s and yogi’s who have been practicing for years.

Join Yoga Shack’s owner, Lisa Shackelton, as she leads everyone through a 60 minute hybrid flow class designed to strengthen, lengthen, and restore your whole body. There will be a whole team of Yoga Shack teachers there to help you with your practice and offer yoga assists, lots of volunteers to get you set up and even Taz from London’s Best Rock FM96 to get you excited to stretch!

This event isn’t just fun, it also has a great cause attached to it. The Yoga Shack is hoping to raise a lot of money for the Women’s Community House here in London. The event is FREE, but they are asking you to make a donation that you feel comfortable with. Registration can be done online with either a $15, $25 or $50 donation. For every $25 donation given, you will receive a ballot for a one-year membership at Yoga Shack and Yoga Shack on Ann.

JOIN!

Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Budweiser Gardens, enter at Gate 1

BRING

A yoga mat and a non-disposable water bottle

REGISTER

Online HERE or at the door, Gate 1, beginning at 9:00am

This is for ages 10+

 

 

FREE Summer Fun: The Library

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It’s summertime, the kids are off, and whether you’re at home with them full time or part time, you may be looking for ways to keep them occupied – without breaking the bank! We are going to be bringing you some fun summer activities and adventures over the next few weeks that are FREE or nearly free. For more ideas, search FREE SUMMER in the search bar at the top right. 

We talk about the London Public Library a lot and that’s because it is so full of wonderful, FREE activities for your kids, year round. Summer is no exception. Each branch currently has a flyer that you can take home outlining all of the special days and events running, along with the age range and whether advanced registration is required. Drop in at your closest or most preferred library and pick one up.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The obvious things you can do are find books to read and read them! There are also toys, puzzles, train tables, and computers to play, and often crafts or learning activity stations. You can also read or rent magazines, rent movies, music, audio books, and comics/graphic novels. Summer activities include: Story Times, Family Movie Nights,Books for Babies, TD Summer Reading Club, Mad Science, Sparky the Fire Dog, insects, puppets, magic, coding, origami and so much more! Activities vary by branch.

HIDDEN COSTS

If you’ve lost your library card, there will be a $2.00 replacement charge. There is also the risk (a very real risk in my house, unfortunately!) that you’ll forget a book or two and have to pay the late fees. Remember: books and CD’s are 21 days, DVD’s and Quick Picks are 7 days.

MORE INFORMATION

For locations and branch hours, see HERE.

For branch programs, see HERE.

 

Day Out with Thomas the Train

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Toot! Toot! Bust my Buffers, Thomas is coming back to St. Thomas for the Day Out with Thomas Celebration Tour 2015.

For two weekends in July, your little conductor will have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, see some fantastic train sets, do crafts, listen to stories, play, laugh, and of course take a 25 minute train ride ON THOMAS himself! If you have a little Thomas fan in your home, this is a Must Do for the summer.

Tickets cost $28.25 for all Thomas fans over the age of 2 years old. Tickets include all of the fun and a ride on the train. Tickets are purchased for a specific train ride – you can only ride the train for the time on your ticket, so don’t miss it! Guests with tickets may participate in the activities before and after their train ride. It is recommended that you arrive at least ONE HOUR PRIOR TO TRAIN TIME.

Find tickets and times HERE. Tickets are selling fast and many train ride times are already SOLD OUT!

Thomas will be in St. Thomas over two weekends: Saturday, July 18, Sunday, July 19, Friday, July 24, Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26.

 

 

Potted Potter

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POTTED POTTER

Harry Potter is coming to London! Whether you’re a fan of the books, the movies, or you’ve never had the pleasure of entering the wizarding world, this seventy minute spectacle is destined to entertain! The entire seven-book series following Harry Potter’s introduction to the world of witches and wizards, his years at school, his journey to discovering why he is the Chosen One, and battle with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named will be condensed to fit the timeline on stage. There will even be a live game of quidditch for those lucky enough to be sitting near the front of the theatre! This hilarious parody has been received with laughter and celebration wherever it plays.

TICKETS

There are eight shows happening over the course of six days this July. Tickets are purchased through the Budweiser Gardens box office, though the show happens at The Grand Theatre. Tickets are priced between $34.50 and $79.50 depending on the date, time, and seating location.

The show is appropriate for all muggles over the age of six.

 

This Weekend in London

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School is out today for all kids in the LDCSB and the TVDSB which means it’s time for some fun! Celebrate the end of school by getting out and having some fun!

STORYBOOK GARDENS GRAND OPENING

This weekend is the official Grand Opening of Gnorbert’s Garden at Storybook Gardens. Come to Storybook to explore their new urban farm and butterfly garden to learn about planting and be inspired to start your own at home! Get those little green thumbs growing into the earth young. Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions from the young and old.

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL

The London International Food Festival is this weekend in Victoria Park. Come downtown between 11:00am and 11:00pm on Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28 to enjoy the entertainment, the exhibitors and of course, the over 50 food booths to choose from. Come hungry!

OPA GREEK FESTIVAL

OPA! The Outdoor Greek Festival runs this Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Admission is free for everyone to come an enjoy live music, dancing, and of course the food! For the full schedule and all information, see HERE.

COMMUNITY CPR DAY

The City of London is hosting another Community CPR Day on June 27 and June 28. This is an opportunity for all to earn their CPR-A certification. Whether you have small children at home, have aging parents, or work with populations of people, CPR is a vital skill that all people would benefit from knowing. This is great on a resume for all teens and babysitters as well! Only $5 per person for the 2.5 hour clinic.  For dates and times and to register, see HERE.

MOVIE TIME

If you’re wanting to get out and see a movie this weekend to celebrate summer, there is a lot playing for kids! Saturday at 11:00am, Silver City Masonville has the classic Popeye for their Family Favourite Presentation. The fantastic animated film Inside Out is playing at the Mustang Drive-In on one side and Jurassic World on the other.

Summer Reading Club

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The TD Summer Reading Club is up and running at all London Public Libraries. This program is open to all school-aged children in London. Whether you have an avid reader at home or one that struggles to read, this program is perfect to prevent that summer slump and keep kids turning the pages in the sunshine.

SUMMER READING CLUB

The program runs at each public library from now until August 22, 2015. Kids must visit a library to register. Upon registration, they will receive a small package with stickers, a passport, and all of the things they’ll need to participate.

Once registered, start reading! Every book your kid reads can be recorded in their Read to Play notebook. Everything counts! Books, novels, short stories, magazines, comics, just start reading. Visit any library during regular library hours and tell a librarian about what you read to earn stamps. Once your card has five stamps, drop it in the ballot box for a chance to win some cool prizes! You may only collect five stamps per day, per kid. Spending too much time by the pool? Submit your book report online HERE to earn ballots as well.

Want to earn more stamps? Do a few of the activities presented: Draw a map of where you live, Visit a grocery store and make a list, Play a game or Do a puzzle.

BOOK SUGGESTIONS

Not sure where to get started? The library website is full of great ideas for books and reading material that kids love. Have a look HERE.

If you have younger kids, grab one of the bags-to-go at either the front of the library or the kids section. A selection of books have been put together by the librarians for when you don’t have time to search and are open to reading something new.

Most libraries also have a number of books on display for all ages, there are reviews online of things that other kids have read, and you can always spend some time at the library browsing the shelves. Set a goal with your kids or for yourself and get reading!

Free Movie Night in the Park

The City of London is once again offering free movie nights in Victoria Park! Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, a snack and your family and head down town for a family adventure. This year, the movies are on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. All of the movies are family friendly and begin at sundown (approximately 9pm).

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